Interesting item from a piece on Woody Guthrie, inter alia:
[The ancient Roman poet] Virgil could sit and speak in iambic pentameter, like a modern rap artist. Woody could do the same thing. He could speak in poetry.”
I’ve never heard that about Vergil before … anyone know of a source?
I love the idea of a Vergil week … from the Daily:
Case Western Reserve University will hold its annual Vergil Week celebration April 22-27 with events across campus. Conceived as part of National Poetry Month, Vergil Week celebrates the poetry of the ancient Roman poet Vergil. Activities include a footrace, a Latin recitation contest, art contests, a staged reading of part of the Aenid and a public lecture series.
Registration forms for the footrace, art contest and recitation contest can be downloaded online at case.edu/artsci/clsc/.
For further information, contact Timothy Wutrich at timothy.wutrich AT case.edu or 368.6026.
Below is a calendar of events; please note all events are free and open to the public.
April 22: Vergilian Footrace / Cursus Vergilianus
4 p.m. Meet in front of Clark Hall
5-kilometer footrace over the north side of campus
April 23: Art Contest and Exhibition
3–6 p.m. Art Studio Room 201
Exhibition of student and faculty art inspired by Vergil and Greco-Roman civilization.
Contest judged by graduate students in Art Education
April 24: Latin Recitation Contest
4–6 p.m. Clark Hall 206
Latin recitation contest for high school and university students
April 25: Staged Reading
6–8 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art
6 p.m. Staged reading in the Armor Court: Aeneid Book VI: “The Kingdom of the Dead”
April 26: Continuous public reading of the Aeneid in English / Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Aeneid
8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Crawford Hall, SAGES Café
All are invited to join in a complete reading of the Aeneid in the English translation by Robert Fagles
Vergil Week Art Contest Exhibition
April 27: Public Lectures: “Ovid versus Vergil”
3–5 p.m. Clark Hall 206
Martin Helzle (Dietrich-Bonhoeffer- Gymnasium, Wertheim, Germany): “Talking Back – Ovid’s Reaction to Vergil’s Aeneid”
Stephen M. Wheeler (Penn State University): Keynote address: “The Contest of Vergil and Ovid”